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2005 Herman Story Syrah Larner Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SANTA BARBARA

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SKU: 120942-2005-750

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$49.00

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Dense, tight and firmly tannic, this is a muscular wine, with exotic smoke, tar, dried berry and spicy sage and underbrush flavors. Sharply focused, with a laser beam of focus. The crushed berry fruit shines through.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The deep ruby/purple-hued 2005 Syrah Larner Vineyard exhibits a lovely bouquet of blueberries, raspberries, incense, crushed rocks, and acacia flowers. With fabulously rich fruit, a voluptuous texture, and full body, this is a beautifully knit, pure Syrah to drink over the next 7-8 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 4

    Author: A Howells
  • Self | Rating: 91

    An inky, yet brightly citrus infused Syrah (I think some Viognier added for good, Cote Rotie measure?) w/ a thunderous personality that is fully equipped w/ blueberry liqueur, black currant sauce, white flowers, gravel and graphite notes that bring gorgeous intensity alongside a creamy roundness that is easy to admire. While delicious at this juncture, the wine still needs some time to settle into its ambitious physique & really find its stride.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Great value. Excellent wine.
    Author: Dan McD
Central Coast native Russell From took an unconventional path to becoming a winemaker. An Agriculture major from Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo, he slid into the winery scene nearly by accident. It wasn't long before he met his eventual business partner, McPrice Myers (of Barrel 27) and discussions of making wine together, and separately, began in earnest. Russell's label, named in honor of his grandfather, was launched with the 2001 vintage and immediately captured the attention of critics. He uses world-class Central Coast vineyards such as Larner and White Hawk to produce Syrah, Grenache, Roussanne and Viognier. Production is approximately 1000 cases.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Syrah is one of the darkest and thickest-skinned varieties, producing wines with intense color, flavors of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry, and high tannin. Depending on the climate in which it is grown and the winemaking techniques used, Syrah (known as Shiraz in Australia) can come in a wide range of styles. Regardless of style, use of heavy oak is common and the highest quality wines are suitable for long-term ageing.

The best Old-World Syrah comes from the Northern Rhône, where the variety is at its coolest limit for growth. Sites with south-facing slopes are exposed to more sun and produce the highest quality wines with medium body and flavors of berry, hints of pepper and mint, and notes of olive, bacon, meat, and leather with age. Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage are the most famous of these sites, and producers such as E. Guigal, Chave, and Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné make some of the world’s best wines from Syrah.

In the New World, Australia is the most famous region for high-quality wines from Shiraz. The warm climates of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale produce full-bodied, intensely fruity wines displaying notes of earth and spice and developing leather with age. A leaner, more peppery style is made in cooler regions with the best examples coming from Eden Valley. Australian producers such as Penfolds, Torbreck, and Henschke have garnered international recognition for making world-class wines from Shiraz.

One cannot talk about New-World Syrah without recognizing the work of Californian producers, most notably Sine Qua Non, Colgin, and Alban, who have also gained international recognition for the quality of their wines from Syrah.

The delicate flavors of cooler climate Syrah from the Northern Rhône and Sonoma make it an ideal pairing for dishes like lamb or eggplant. The bold flavors of warmer climate Shiraz from Australia pair well with barbeque pork and chicken, short ribs, and steak. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 912 bottles owned
  • 134 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 134 collectors)